Before and After: Renovation in Prairie Village

By Paul Branton, Director of Investor Services

It has been a while since we shared a “before and after” blog post with you. With summer behind us, we have quite a few to choose from… this Prairie Village ranch quite possibly being the most dramatic!

We took the exterior from a boring brown to a dramatic navy blue called “Midnight Dream” (Behr 570F-7) with “Chic Grey” trim (Behr PPU26-10). To really make things “Pop” (pun intended) we painted the front door “Pineapple Soda” (Behr 340B-6).

Once inside, we ripped out the tile entry to lace in hardwoods and removed all the carpet in the bedrooms to refinish the hardwoods hiding underneath. These hardwoods were stained with the “Provincial” color which is my personal favorite. It’s great whenever you can trade carpet for hardwoods as it should reduce your overall maintenance costs.

Tip: When looking at buying older homes, take a peek in the closet to see if there are hardwoods exposed or hiding under the carpet.

In the bathroom, we tore out the fiberglass tub and shower surround to make way for a new tub and tile shower surround. When you’re working on bathroom plumbing in older homes (this one was built in 1954) make sure to consider raising the shower head higher and changing out the two separate hot and cold handles for a single handle. Trust me, everyone will appreciate these two subtle changes!

With this home being a smaller ranch without a basement, we wanted to provide another living space by way of a patio in the backyard. I think we accomplished our goal. The house itself is 912 square feet and this patio is pushing a little over 200 sqft. Whenever possible, we prefer patios over decks for their greater longevity and lower maintenance costs.

If you are in town or even out of state (like this investor) don’t be afraid to have us help you acquire and renovate a “fixer upper” type of property. We have the resources and expertise available to make it a hassle free experience for you!